Queen Victoria named the city of New Westminster...hence the "Royal City". When British Columbia was just a dream in the hearts of pioneers and gold miners, this was its capital city — the cosmopolitan centre of the brash young province.
The neighbourhoods that sprang up around the turn of the twentieth century still remain and the Westminster Quay was an Expo-era (mid-1980s) development to revitalize New Westminster and accompanied the development of the Skytrain line to Vancouver. In addition to a large public market and hotel, a large condominium tower and townhouse complex was built offering a unique riverfront lifestyle where residents can live, work and play.
Today, New Westminster is renowned throughout the region for the quality, creativity and innovation of its recreational programs, parks and garden displays and emerging cultural and heritage attractions.
Adjacent to major Highway systems, convenient to the Alex Fraser, Patullo and Port Mann bridges, and directly on the SkyTrain line, New Westminster is truly the centre of the Lower Mainland. No matter your age, or interests, this delightful city has something for everyone.